OAR 690-014-0020

The definitions found in Oregon Administrative Rules chapter 690, divisions 300 and 380, apply. The following definitions also apply:


“Acre-Foot (AF)” means the equivalent volume of one acre covered with one foot of water (325,851 gallons).


“Certified Water Right Examiner” or “CWRE” means any individual certified by OSBEELS to collect and report data and conduct surveys to describe the extent of appropriation for Claims of Beneficial Use, and also to prepare maps for transfer applications.


“Claim of Beneficial Use” means documents submitted to the Department requesting a certificate of water right be issued for the authorized use or uses made. These documents shall include the report of the site inspection, calculations for the rate of flow, and the map illustrating the location of beneficial use made within the terms of the permit or transfer final order.


“Commission” means the Water Resources Commission.


“Cubic Foot per Second (cfs)” means a rate of water flow, equal to 448.83 gallons of water per minute.


“Department” means the Water Resources Department.


“Director” means the Director of the Department or the Director’s authorized deputies or officers.


“Measuring Device” means a structure or apparatus such as a weir, meter, or flume to determine rate of flow or volume of water.


“OAR” means Oregon Administrative Rules.


“ORS” means Oregon Revised Statutes.


“OSBEELS” means Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.


“Rate and Duty of Water” means the flow of water expressed in cfs or gallons per minute (instantaneous rate) and the volume of water expressed in AF (duty) as allowed in the permit or transfer final order.


“Spring” means a place where water naturally emerges from the ground.


“Source” means the surface or ground water body for each point of diversion or point of appropriation involved in a permit or transfer final order.


“Survey of Appropriation” means the field inspection and document preparation performed by a CWRE to obtain the data necessary to support the Claim of Beneficial Use.


“Water Rights Act” means the same as defined by ORS 537.010 (Definition of “Water Rights Act”).


“Well” means any artificial opening or artificially altered natural opening, however made, by which ground water is sought or through which ground water flows under natural pressure, or is artificially withdrawn or injected. This definition shall not include a natural spring, or wells drilled for the purpose of exploration or production of oil or gas. Prospecting or exploration for geothermal resources as defined in ORS 522.005 (Definitions) or production of geothermal resources derived from a depth greater than 2,000 feet as defined in ORS 522.055 (Permit) is regulated by the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
Last Updated

Jun. 24, 2021

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